Training the Bioprocessing Industry of Tomorrow

From the 2nd – 6th November CPI played host to the Bioprocess Research Industry Club (BRIC) Skills School. Led by the BBSRC, the programme recognises the complexity of biopharmaceuticals and the importance of having a supply of well trained new recruits to help overcome bioprocessing challenges in the future and understand the commercial needs of the industry.

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Over one third of drugs currently under development are biopharmaceuticals and this is expected to grow at a rate of 20% per year. The importance of training in this industry is imperative so we have the workforce to meet the demands of the market.

The week long intensive course, held at CPI’s National Biologics Manufacturing Centre in Darlington, aimed to help develop the skilled researchers that are needed to drive economic growth of the UK bioprocessing industry. The school provided researchers with an insight into some of the challenges that the bioprocessing industry faces and showed how researchers can overcome these problems.

The course, which was the 5th and final skills school that will be run through BRIC, consisted of a combination of site tours of CPI’s new facility and Fujifilm’s Billingham facility, group work and technical presentations from Industry experts. Feedback from the course has been extremely positive and shows just how much early career researchers have benefited.

The overall model for the programme has seen 5 different industrial hosts give over 75 early career researchers industrially relevant training. Given the success of the BRIC Skills School BBSRC has launched a new programme call the Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS) to facilitate and fund additional skills schools and other types of training.